To become familiar with some of the foreign policy options of the United States when dealing with trouble spots abroad.
Parts of several class periods
In Part 1 of this lesson -- entitled "Background Information" -- students read brief summaries about how each of the following plays a role in United States foreign policy:
• President of the United States
• Vice President
• National Security Council (NSC)
• Department of State
• Department of Defense
• Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
• United Nations (UN)
• North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
• Organization of American States (OAS)
• Voice of America (VOA)
• Peace Corps
I have the kids underline or highlight key words, names, terms, and ideas while they are reading.
In Part 2 -- entitled "World Problems" -- class members pretend they are the President of the United States and faced with six world problems, which are listed for them to see on the lesson pages. An example of one of these problems is "Violence Erupts Along India-Pakistan Border."
Each student begins reading a description of the first problem. As President, they need to respond to this crisis as soon as possible. They must write a paragraph of 50 to 75 words explaining how they would solve the problem. Answers should be based on the information about U.S. foreign policy in Part 1. Students should mention at least 3 people, government agencies, or organizations that they would look to for advice and/or help in bringing about a solution. Specifically, how could each one be helpful?
Class members continue in the same way with problems 2-6.
Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.